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April Showers

Updated on August 15, 2014

April Showers deserve to be celebrated

"April showers may bring May flowers" is a familiar English expression, but few people realize that it originated from a 16th century English farmer and poet, Thomas Tusser. April Showers refers to the spring rains and downpours experienced in some parts of the Northern Hemisphere. This is due to the position of the jet stream, the fast flowing air currents in the atmostphere, which moves Northward in early Spring, allowing large depressions to bring torrential rains and blusterry winds from the Atlantic. April showers can trigger changes to the landscape at a moment's notice from springtime sunshine to wintery sleet and snow.

This is a tribute to April Showers and the many surprises Mother Nature brings.

Celebrate the rain.

April 22 is April Showers Day even if it rains most of the month.

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April Showers nightlight bring smiles to a dreary day

Switchables April Showers
Switchables April Showers

This adorable nightlight with a kid in a yellow raincoat and blue umbrella and matching boots will bring instant sunshine to any room.

 

April showers do bring May flowers - Showy, fragrant and bursting with colors in our garden

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Red azaleasPink CameliasYellow freesiasMartha Washington PelargoniumYellow daffodilsLollipop variegated tulipsPink PelargoniumPink azaleasPeach colored hybrid rosesSalmon pink alstromeria
Red azaleas
Red azaleas
Pink Camelias
Pink Camelias
Yellow freesias
Yellow freesias
Martha Washington Pelargonium
Martha Washington Pelargonium
Yellow daffodils
Yellow daffodils
Lollipop variegated tulips
Lollipop variegated tulips
Pink Pelargonium
Pink Pelargonium
Pink azaleas
Pink azaleas
Peach colored hybrid roses
Peach colored hybrid roses
Salmon pink alstromeria
Salmon pink alstromeria

Cherry blossom petals are sprinkled all over the garden after an April shower.

Cherry blossom petals are sprinkled all over the garden after an April shower.
Cherry blossom petals are sprinkled all over the garden after an April shower.

It isn't really raining rain, it's raining pink cherry blossoms.

It isn't really raining rain, it's raining pink cherry blossoms.
It isn't really raining rain, it's raining pink cherry blossoms.

April Rain Song

"Let the rain kiss you.

Let the rain beat upon your head with silver liquid drops.

Let the rain sing you a lullaby.

The rain makes still pools on the sidewalk.

The rain makes running pools in the gutter.

The rain plays a little sleep song on our roof at night

And I love the rain."

- Langston Hughes, 1902-1967

April Showers bring music to one's ears - Sit back, relax, and enjoy

Music written for Spring soothes and calms the nerves and transports the imagination to fields bursting with wildflowers, babbling brooks, the rush of rainwater, and thunderclaps.

The song 'April Showers" says it all. - A wonderful video for all to experience

"April Showers" was performed by Al Jolson in 1921 in the Broadway musical Bombo. It has become his well-known trademark and recorded by many artists like, Judy Garland, Mel Torme, and others.

This song by Al Jolson always welcomes April when it comes along.

Practical ways to collect rainwater - Raindrops turn into musical notes during a rainy day

Rain chains ('kusari doi' in Japanese) have been used for hundreds of years in Japan to collect water from the roof of homes and transporting the rain water into large barrels for household water usage. Japanese temples often incorporate ornate and large rain chains into their design.

Stanwood Rain Chain Tulip Flower Blossom Copper Rain Chain, 8-Feet
Stanwood Rain Chain Tulip Flower Blossom Copper Rain Chain, 8-Feet

The tulip rain chain looks great and works great. Listen to the tinkling of water trickling down the tulip cups during a downpour. It is music to one's ears and brightens the day.

 

For the Do-it-yourselfers

Make your own rain chain. Here's how.

Yesteryears posters about April Showers

Nostalgia never goes out of style. These posters bring back sweet memories of April Showers---a gentleman's chivalry, a gardener's paradise of blooming flowers, the fresh smell of rain.

C1950 Nursery Rhyme April Showers Elsie Birds Flowers

Twelve Months of Flowers, 1730/April, Art Poster by Robert Furber

Let it rain....

"For after all, the best thing one can do when it's raining is to let it rain."

- Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Rainy Days & Saturdays

Rainy Day Activity Book

Richard Scarry's Best Rainy Day Book Ever

Keep the puddle jumpers happy and dry

Kids look at puddles differently as they venture out on a rainy day.These rain gears will keep them dry and warm with lots of pockets to keep their little treasures.

Disney Cars Boy's Red Rain Coat - Size X-small 4/5
Disney Cars Boy's Red Rain Coat - Size X-small 4/5

What little boy will not love wearing this red-hot raincoat with a Disney character from the movie Cars.

 

The Rain

Pitter-patter, raindrops,

Falling from the sky;

Here is my umbrella

To keep me safe and dry!

When the rain is over,

And the sun begins to glow,

Little flowers start to bud,

And grow and grow and grow!

- Anon.

Best Books to Read for a Rainy Day

Entertainment at its best for the little ones

The colorful watercolor illustrations and easy storytelling style in "April Showers" of playful dancing silly frogs will keep pre-schoolers mesmerized. The little ones will join in the playful romp and leap, twirl, and fool around.

"The Umbrella" follows little Carlos in a lush Costa Rican rainforest where he climbed a tree so he can see wild animals better. Instead the wild animals piled on top of his banana umbrella until it was overcrowded and weighted down. Then a little hummingbird came and toppled the umbrella.

April Showers

The Umbrella

Rain Rain Rivers

"Rain Rain Rivers" is a gorgeous rainy day picture story book that shows how the pitter-patter of rain on the roof and window panes made a little girls imagine streaming rivers, swelling oceans, puddles to play in with reflections of the skies.

Children

Under Umbrella Mini Poster Print, 16x20

Kids can have fun on rainy day with tons of indoor activities. While it is cold and rainy outside, great books and games can warm things up quickly inside the house. Noone will be bored with these activity book ideas and projects from toddlers to grade school kids. Rainy days can be fun, fun, fun.

Raindrops

Raindrops are such funny things.

They haven't feet or haven't wings.

Yet they sail through the air,

With the greatest of ease,

And dance on the street,

Wherever they please.

- Anon.

Cheery umbrellas to keep heads dry - Even the rain cannot stop onlookers from smiling

MoMA Kids Sky Umbrella
MoMA Kids Sky Umbrella

Tufts of fluffy clouds atop a sky-blue umbrella will shoo the rain away.

 
Kids Frog Umbrella with easy grip handle
Kids Frog Umbrella with easy grip handle

Let this smiling green frog umbrella turn heads on a rainy day.

 
Children's Red Ladybug Umbrella
Children's Red Ladybug Umbrella

Everyone loves ladybugs. So why not walk around when it's raining with this adorable umbrella.

 

Slip On Your Raincoat

Slip on your raincoat,

Pull on your galoshes;

Wading in puddles

Makes splishes and sploshes.

- Anon.

Bambi - April Shower

Think about this song when the sky is cloudy, when the rain goes pitter patter, and the raindrops become music to your ears.

Are you looking forward to April Showers? - Let me know you stopped by.

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      malena10 5 years ago

      Cute umbrellas :) And wonderful flowers, just calling for smelling them ;)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      The May flowers are already blooming with the help of your April showers, congratulations for being among the Best of Squidoo Sill Celebrations for April!

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Yes. They make our lawn look green.

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      KateHonebrink 5 years ago

      It was a warm winter in MN, with very little snow, so April showers are vital to make up the shortfall!

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      getmoreinfo 5 years ago

      I like it when it rains, it makes the flowers outside look so beautiful.

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      jayceehaynes 5 years ago

      yes...nice lens

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      Chocolatealchemy 5 years ago from London, United Kingdom

      Seeing the clip of Bambi experiencing raindrops again was lovely. I love your Lens - what a wonderful creation! We've had rain in torrents here in England this April- after a ban on hosepipes was announced because of a drought!!!!

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      gatornic15 5 years ago

      We don't typically get a lot of rain in Las Vegas, but I do enjoy it when it comes.

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      GypsyPirate LM 5 years ago

      I admit that I am not. I don't much enjoy the showers of spring...but I loved your lens!!

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      julieannbrady 5 years ago

      Yes, indeed ... we actually had April eve showers yesterday and for that I was thankful.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      April shower "Squid Angel blessings!"

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      AlphaChic 5 years ago

      Definitely looking forward to rain. We had a bad drought last summer.

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      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      The best thing about April showers is putting on flashy flowered wellies and playing in the mud puddles... and the first little green tips of the earliest crocus and snowdrops.

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      AlleyCatLane 5 years ago

      I am so jealous of your garden and green thumb! Beautiful lens.

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      What a wonderful, beautiful lens - I am looking forward to April showers, though I'll take my time through March first - blessed by a SquidAngel!

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      JEMArtistry 5 years ago

      The cleansing of rain.... great lens. :)

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      Susanna Duffy 5 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      I love rain. April Showers is such an alluring name too. Where I live, most of our rain falls in Spring which isn't due until September but I love any rain. After 13 long years of drought I enjoy the sight of water fall from the sky.